For months, aides to Republican Mitt Romney have tried to live down the much-publicized tale of the Romney family’s trip to Canada in 1983, when Romney transported the family dog, Seamus, in a crate that was strapped to the top of the car. The episode, in which the dog lost control of his bowels, has been lampooned by Democrats who have portrayed Romney as an uncaring former corporate executive.
David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Democratic President Barack Obama, used Twitter to post a photo of his boss and the Obama family dog, riding inside the presidential limousine.
“How loving owners transport their dogs,” Axelrod wrote.
Late Tuesday the Republicans struck back on the dog front – and did so in a way that reflected how the Romney and Obama campaigns are using Twitter, often several times a day, to throw verbal darts at each other.